French Classic Cars Collection 1937-1951
Auction organised by Osenat at Retromobile Paris, on Feb. 3rd, 2024.
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Delahaye 135MS

N° 800.501 – COUPÉ BY CHAPRON- 1947


1947 : A Renewal

The First Steps of a Post-War Masterpiece

The research we’ve conducted suggests that it’s one of the very first Coupés bodied by Chapron after the war.

Before the Vedette: An Impressive Touch

On the workshop sheet, we see that he equipped it with a “Star-Studded Front.” In this case, the entire front of the car, including the wings, consists of a single piece of welded sheet metal—it’s a particularly impressive component.

Sturdy, Swift, and Timelessly Enjoyable

In practical terms, this 135 proves to be a robust and easy-to-handle car. It can also be fast: one of its previous owners admitted reaching 160 km/h on the roads of the first Tour de France Auto in 1992. Personally, I haven’t tried. As for me, I’ve always driven it with wisdom and moderation, and above all, never without pleasure (especially when it’s raining).


At the end of the 1940s, the European automobile industry had not yet been influenced by tendencies from across the Atlantic, which gives this model a more representative side of its time, warmer and certainly more timeless. Later, at the beginning of the 1950s, the flat windshield was abandoned for a two-piece windshield and the sunroof was fitted with a crank system.

1947 – Salon de Paris

This is a rare “Grand Luxe” model finish with its “seagull wings”, its “aviation” bumpers, its – almost – invisible door hinges and its sunroof that was chosen for the Delahaye 135MS 801501. The dashboard is in marquetry inlaid with nickel silver wire and the OS meters are, as usual, very complete. The chassis as well as the mechanics have been restored at the beginning of 2010.

Chassis 800501 was delivered by the Delahaye factory to Henri Chapron on August 20, 1947.

On the workshop sheet the mention “Salon de Paris” is written in the top left corner. A body of the type “Coupé 4 seats” had been chosen.

Her first owner, Maître Raymond Hubert will receive her on November 17, 1947. He probably bought the car at the Salon de Paris.

Salon de Paris - Nov. 1947

Maître Raymond Hubert, first owner

Me HUBERT & Guillaume SEZNEC

Raymond Hubert was a very famous lawyer at the time. Among other cases, he played a very prominent role in the famous court case “Affaire Seznec” by having Guillaume Seznec’s daughter acquitted of her husband’s murder.

The Delahaye chassis 135MS 800501 is one of the very first to have been bodied by Henri CHAPRON in a 4-seater Coupé after World War II.

Its line updates the fashion of the end of the 30s. Little audacity or extravagance in the Chapron style but a great confidence in the stroke of the pencil which makes it the exemplary master of the great French classicism.

1992 – The “Tour de France Automobile”

Raymond HUBERT will keep the car until the beginning of the 60s.
In the 90s, the owner of the time will participate in the Tour de France Automobile.
We see it here in Paris shortly before the start. It will finish the competition without any problem.

Me HUBERT & Guillaume SEZNEC

Delahaye 135MS Cabriolet Chapron – 1948 – Technical Data Sheet (in French)

  • Moteur : 3’557 cm3, 6 cylinders straight : 84X107, Soupapes en tête par culbuteurs, Vilebrequin à quatre paliers, Graissage sous pression, Compression : 7,6 :1
  • Puissance : Puissance fiscale : 20CV, Puissance au frein : poussée à 140 CV
  • Alimentation : Trois carburateurs Solex inversés de 40
  • Allumage : Delco, Batterie 12 V 90 AH
  • Refroidissement : Par eau
  • Réservoir : Capacité : 100L
  • Transmission : Propulsion aux roues arrière, Embrayage monodisque à sec
  • Boîte de Vitesse : Électromagnétique Cotal à 4 rapports : Première : 0,321, Deuxième : 0,46, Troisième : 0,72, Quatrième : 1
  • Châssis : Châssis surbaissé (Châssis semi-élargi)
  • Suspension : Ressorts à lames et quatre amortisseurs hydrauliques Messier à double effet
  • Direction : À vis globique et secteur, Rayon de braquage : 6 m, Trois tours de volants d’une butée à l’autre
  • Roues, pneus : Type Rudge à rayons, pneus de 6/650X17

French Classic Cars Collection 1937-1951
Auction organised by Osenat at Retromobile Paris, on Feb. 3rd, 2024.
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